The last few weeks have been full of natural disasters striking Mexico, islands in the Caribbean, and the United States mainland. Roads are damaged and entire communities have been cut off from help for days at a time, while the potential for infectious diseases to thrive has skyrocketed. Moreover, patients often end up without their prescription medication and some meds that require refrigeration go bad. In many cases, as with people on insulin, this can be a life threatening problem.
Drones may soon become part of future rescue missions. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have just demonstrated that they can safely transport blood samples for great distances in a fairly challenging environment. The team used a Latitude Engineering HQ-40 unmanned aerial vehicle with a built-in temperature controlled compartment that takes off and lands vertically.